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BBC Radio London broadcasted our Top 10 Moments – you can hear it here & or see the photos below.

BBC Radio London Top Ten Sportsmanship Moments 2018

Part 1 covered the 10th best to the 6th best sportsmanship moments from 2018. Part 2 covers the Top 5 moments including the number 1 Sportsmanship moment from 2018.

5th Place Athletics: Exhausted Aussies Wait For Lesotho’s Last Place Runner

The Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast produced a moment of sportsmanship – which many missed if you didn’t watch until way after the end of the 10k women’s race.

Long after Stelle Chesang the Ugandan star, won gold & long after most of the other competitors had left the track, the three exhausted Australian runners Eloise Wellings, Madeline Hills and Celia Sullohern stayed on the track …waiting … some 3 minutes for the final runner, Lesotho’s, Lineo Chaka, to finally cross the line.

The 3 Australian athletes applauded & congratulated her on completion of one of the most physically demanding events in sport.  Out of courtesy and respect, they waited for the last runner, the lone runner to complete the race.  

A golden moment of sportsmanship from the Gold Coast of Australia.

4th Place GOLF: European Captain Hugs American Tiger

2018 was a Ryder Cup year (every two years) full of expectation, tension and excitement

You might recall that Tiger Woods had been struggling with his game for some time but just before the Ryder Cup kicked off in September, he finally won his first competition in 5 years. Tiger was back!

The Ryder Cup
The Ryder Cup

So although the newly revived Tiger posed a great threat to Europe, when Tiger Woods stepped onto the 1st tee, Europe’s captain, Thomas Bjørn (Denmark), gave Tiger a big bear hug, a shake of the hand and a welcome to a wonderful battle of sport.

3rd Place Motor Racing: “I lost my legs but not my daredevil spirit”

When it comes to bravery and fighting spirit, this quote from 19 year old Billy Monger says it all:   “I lost my legs but not my daredevil spirit”.

19 year old Billy Monger aka Billy Whizz

Billy Monger, F4 racing driver, had both his legs amputated after an horrendous crash during a Formula 4 race at Donington Park in April 2017.

He returned to racing in March 2018 – the British Formula 3 Championship – less than a year after the accident.

‘Billy Whizz’ then claimed his maiden British F3 pole position on his return to Donington Park in September. He also finished on the podium in 3rd place.

So if you things go wrong for you – think of 19 year old Billy Monger’s words:

“I lost my legs but not my daredevil spirit”

2nd Place BOXING:  This Man Is The Epitome of Great Sportsmanship

Anthony Joshua is a British Heavyweight boxer who holds four world heavyweight titles. He is also an absolute gentleman and an icon of sportsmanship. Here’s why…..

Anthony Joshua enters the defeated Russian, Alexander Povetkin dressing room

After his last fight, his opponent Russian, Alexander Povetkin, sat slumped in his dressing room, when there was knock on the door.

The Russian fighter looked up and saw Joshua, walk in.  Joshua bowed to the Russian, and said “Respect! You are a great boxer”.

Joshua then said that he’d like to visit Russia. Povetkin smiled through his bruised and battered face and invitingly welcomed him by saying “anytime”.

One other extraordinary thing that happened during this fight was both fighters tapped gloves at the start & end of each round. Not everyone agrees with this – but one thing we do agree on is that there was great respect between these two fighters.

Anthony Joshua always shows great respect for opponents, before, during and after each fight. Joshua is an icon of great sportsmanship.

1st Place Football: An Open Letter Dripping With Kindness Remembering Ray Wilkins

A beautiful story, in fact, an open letter written by Nigel Quashie about Ray Wilkins who died 4th April 2018.

If you recall Ray Wilkins won 84 caps for England and captained his country 10 times. He also captained Chelsea at the tender age of 18. He played for Man U, Chelsea, AC Milan, Glasgow Rangers and QPR as a player-manager, a rare thing to see these days.

Nigel Quashie played 300+ matches in professional leagues notably with QPR, Notts Forest, West Brom, Portsmouth, Southampton West Ham and then came back to QPR. He also played for Scotland. He was a lovely midfield player.  He now runs his own academy IPDA.

When Ray Wilkins died this year, Nigel Quashie wrote an open message to Ray Wilkins and his family which he posted instagram Nigel.Quashie. Here it is:

I will always be proud to say how lucky I am to have been coached, managed and to even meet you, if it wasn’t for you I would never have started my career playing football.

I will never forget going to Manchester United as a YTS trainee to do all the kit and boots in the changing room for the first team squad [Aug 1995]. 1 hour 30 minutes before kick-off you name the team and I was in it and that’s how my debut went,  I didn’t even get to think about it because all you said was you’re number 18, here are your boots and shin pads, just go out and play, have fun, and treat it like your over the park with your mates.

My mum never had a mobile phone back then because we couldn’t afford anything like that and everything went through her work or home phone.

I asked you after the game if I could call home to speak to her, you said ‘use my mobile and call this number’, it was my mum on the other end of the line and she said she was outside by the away team bus.

I went outside to see her I asked how did you get here because I knew she couldn’t afford it. She told me Ray has got the club to pay for her train ticket to come to the game and then told me that Ray got the club to give us our first mobile phone in life during the week, and he wanted to surprise me knowing I was making my debut.

I was given a chance by Ray Wilkins, one of the legends of the game and to this day you are the first person I mention when it comes to football and that will never change.

You will be missed so much, not just in the football world but as a real human being with such class. Thanks for everything and my thoughts go to all the family, sleep well, Sir Ray Wilkins.

Nigel Quashie’s Instagram Message about Ray Wilkins

Part 1 contains another 5 great stories from 2018 including a stunning photograph capturing another footballing moment of magic from Colombian & Mexican fans to an Egyptian Fan.

See how these compare to Top 10 Moments Of Sportsmanship 2017  or

Top 10 Moments of Sportsmanship 2016

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Here we are, once again, reviewing the year. Some great stories this year, plus a surprising number 1 moment. We’ll start with number 10 and work our way down to the number 1 moment – which surprises many but once they see the video – they get it!

Having just completed the BBC Radio London interview with the amazing host, Phil Parry, we are awaiting confirmation as to when exactly the Top 10 will be released – probably Wed 27 Dec.

We will release just numbers 10 to 6 for now and we will wait until BBC Radio London announce our final choice before publishing the remaining numbers 5 to 1, with 1 being 1st place, or the Top Moment…. so pls bear with me.

Meanwhile, here are numbers 10- 6…….

 

Number 10.

Moment/s of Kindness with the wonderful Bradley Lowery (so many moments….)

Jermaine Defoe became friends with the six-year-old, terminally ill little Sunderland supporter, the wonderful Bradley Lowery. They met when Bradley was a mascot & they became great friends. Little Bradley’s   bravery, humour and warmth of character inspired Jermaine & (in Jermaine’s own words) taught Jermaine a lot about the precious gift of life & love.

 

There were many magical moments – which you can see Jermaine talking about on video. But there’s one in particular …

Jermaine was playing for England at Wembley and had Bradley with him as a mascot in the queue in the tunnel, when Joe Hart, the England captain, turned around and asked Jermaine to lead the team out with Bradley – an incredible gesture by Joe Hart. Full story here.

Bradley Lowery Foundation to help other children

Bradley Lowery Foundation to help other children

Incidentally, little Jermaine’s parents got a standing ovation at the BBC Sports Personality of the year awards when they announced the Bradley Lowery Foundation to help other children.

 

9.  Racing 92 Rugby Club Invite Munster Rugby Fans to Stay With Them 

When they rescheduled Champions Cup match because of the sudden death of the Munster coach,  Anthony Foley (in Paris on the morning of the match), Racing 92 RFC sent a message to Munster Supporters Club inviting fans, when they return to Paris, to stay with the Racing 92 fans homes – as it is expensive to have to travel to Paris twice for one game.

This trip was already very emotional for the many Munster fans. And now this great French club do this?

“We are absolutely blown away by it. As a supporters club, we are deeply appreciative of the offer, we don’t even have the words to express our gratitude to Racing supporters,”

Ian Buckley, secretary of Munster Rugby Supporters Club.

Racing 92 and Munster logos

Racing 92 and Munster – friends for life

The brotherhood of rugby knows no bounds. These two clubs are friends for life now.

And, good news, it’s not just the brotherhood or rugby that knows no bounds… the brotherhood of football is alive as well too……

 

8  Dortmund Open Their Homes To Monaco Fans  

After the Champions League match was postponed for a day because of three explosions aimed at the Dortmund team bus (with only one relatively minor injury)   caused the game to be postponed by one day.

Dortmund’s official Twitter account called on their own fans to help out their Monaco fans, using the hashtag #BedForAwayFans.

Dortmund FC tweet asking their fans to help Monaco fans

Dortmund FC ask their fans to help Monaco fans

The next day at the match the Monaco fans  chanted  ‘Dortmund, Dortmund’ – you can see it and hear it all here .

 

7. Magical Masters Moment in Augusta

Spain’s Sergio Garcia and Britain’s Justin Rose were both trying to win their first U.S. Masters when a special moment occurred on the 15th hole.  Both players were playing ‘incredible golf’.

Augusta, Georgia

Augusta, Georgia

Garcia got an eagle & then Rose putted a very high pressure birdy to keep the score level. As they walked off the green, Garcia, patted Rose on the back amidst a fantastic battle in arguably, the greatest golf tournament in the World, The Masters in Augusta.

https://goo.gl/images/yGF81p

the beautiful Hogan Bridge, Augusta

Friendship & encouragement of your opponent during the heat of battle – extraordinary stuff.

BTW, Garcia won it in the end, on the day, that would have been his hero, Seve Ballesteros’, 60th birthday.

 

6. Baseball’s Respect & Friendship Among Competitors

Texas Rangers Baseball star, Adrian Beltre made his 3,000th career hit in Major League Baseball. The next day, the Rangers played the Mariners in Seatle and Beltre faced ace pitcher Felix Hernandez.

Hernandez was about to pitch to Beltre, when he stopped,…. walked over to  Beltre and gave him a  quick hug (for reaching the career milestone, the night before), then walked back and pitched at him.

An old baseball ball

Baseball respect and friendship

It was a quick moment … a public display of friendship & respect between two opposition players.  You can see it here.

 

Coming soon …. after BBC Radio London sports show host, Phil Parry announces the winner plus broadcasts the interview with me covering all 10 Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments of 2017.

 

Partner link: London Marathon, Maori All Blacks, Racing 92, Rose v Garcia – BBC Radio Interview PR Smith May 2013

Recent sportsmanship moments are discussed live on BBC radio across the UK. Georgy Spanksy chats with PR Smith about some recent amazing sportsmanship moments including the London Marathon, the Maori All Blacks &  Racing Club 92 ‘s incredible gestures to Munster Rugby, &  of course, that incredible competitive friendship displayed during that final round of golf in this year’s Masters between Justin Rose v Sergia Garcia. 

 

 

Partner link: Golf Saved US PGA Winner’s Life

Golf Saved His Life Says US PGA Winner’s Mum
Having lost his Dad, Alvyn, when he was 12, Jason Day lost his way, began drinking and sank into depression. His beloved Dad introduced Jason to golf and gave him an old 3 wood club which he found in a tip.

Golf Lone Golfer

 

His Mum sold their house and sent Jason to boarding school (Kooralbyn International School) where Col Swatton coached him in life and in golf. In sport, golf is unusual in that you play against yourself and no one else. No one is tackling you or kicking you. The ball isn’t even bowled at you. It’s static. Sitting there just waiting to be hit. That’s why it is such a mental game. It can be a lonely game too – as you play against yourself and practise on your own for hours, days, weeks, months.

Golf can be a lonely game - WITHOUT A CAPTION

I’ve heard it said by many golfers that Jason Day is one of the nicest guys on the golf circuit. He plays with a smile on his face and even chatted with the world’s number 1 and direct competitor, Jordan Speith throughout the final, highly competitive round.

Jason’s Phillipines Mum, Dening Day, feels that Alvyn is brimming with joy with what their son has accomplished. “He’d be doing cartwheels in heaven. He’d be very, very proud too.”Full Jason Day article

Jason Day has been playing fantastic golf at the highest level for a few years now. However he didn’t win a major. He came very close several times, but didn’t win. Doubting questions start to filter into many player’s brains when this happens. Jason Day stuck at it and at it and never gave up. That’s why he shed a tear even before he took his last putt. It must have been very very emotional for this wonderful golfer who played brilliant golf for three consecutive days.

Heartiest congrats to Jason Day, his wife and daughter, his Mum, Col Swatton and his Dad (RIP). You see nice guys do come first!

 

 

Partner link: Golf Saved US PGA Winner’s Life

Golf Saved His Life Says US PGA Winner’s Mum
Having lost his Dad, Alvyn, when he was 12, Jason Day lost his way, began drinking and sank into depression. His beloved Dad introduced Jason to golf and gave him an old 3 wood club which he found in a tip.

Golf Lone Golfer

 

His Mum sold their house and sent Jason to boarding school (Kooralbyn International School) where Col Swatton coached him in life and in golf. In sport, golf is unusual in that you play against yourself and no one else. No one is tackling you or kicking you. The ball isn’t even bowled at you. It’s static. Sitting there just waiting to be hit. That’s why it is such a mental game. It can be a lonely game too – as you play against yourself and practise on your own for hours, days, weeks, months.

Golf can be a lonely game - WITHOUT A CAPTION

I’ve heard it said by many golfers that Jason Day is one of the nicest guys on the golf circuit. He plays with a smile on his face and even chatted with the world’s number 1 and direct competitor, Jordan Speith throughout the final, highly competitive round.

Jason’s Phillipines Mum, Dening Day, feels that Alvyn is brimming with joy with what their son has accomplished. “He’d be doing cartwheels in heaven. He’d be very, very proud too.”Full Jason Day article

Jason Day has been playing fantastic golf at the highest level for a few years now. However he didn’t win a major. He came very close several times, but didn’t win. Doubting questions start to filter into many player’s brains when this happens. Jason Day stuck at it and at it and never gave up. That’s why he shed a tear even before he took his last putt. It must have been very very emotional for this wonderful golfer who played brilliant golf for three consecutive days.

Heartiest congrats to Jason Day, his wife and daughter, his Mum, Col Swatton and his Dad (RIP). You see nice guys do come first!

 

 

Partner link: Golf Saved US PGA Winner’s Life

Golf Saved His Life Says US PGA Winner’s Mum
Having lost his Dad, Alvyn, when he was 12, Jason Day lost his way, began drinking and sank into depression. His beloved Dad introduced Jason to golf and gave him an old 3 wood club which he found in a tip.

Golf Lone Golfer

 

His Mum sold their house and sent Jason to boarding school (Kooralbyn International School) where Col Swatton coached him in life and in golf. In sport, golf is unusual in that you play against yourself and no one else. No one is tackling you or kicking you. The ball isn’t even bowled at you. It’s static. Sitting there just waiting to be hit. That’s why it is such a mental game. It can be a lonely game too – as you play against yourself and practise on your own for hours, days, weeks, months.

Golf can be a lonely game - WITHOUT A CAPTION

I’ve heard it said by many golfers that Jason Day is one of the nicest guys on the golf circuit. He plays with a smile on his face and even chatted with the world’s number 1 and direct competitor, Jordan Speith throughout the final, highly competitive round.

Jason’s Phillipines Mum, Dening Day, feels that Alvyn is brimming with joy with what their son has accomplished. “He’d be doing cartwheels in heaven. He’d be very, very proud too.”Full Jason Day article

Jason Day has been playing fantastic golf at the highest level for a few years now. However he didn’t win a major. He came very close several times, but didn’t win. Doubting questions start to filter into many player’s brains when this happens. Jason Day stuck at it and at it and never gave up. That’s why he shed a tear even before he took his last putt. It must have been very very emotional for this wonderful golfer who played brilliant golf for three consecutive days.

Heartiest congrats to Jason Day, his wife and daughter, his Mum, Col Swatton and his Dad (RIP). You see nice guys do come first!

 

 

Partner link: Golf Saved US PGA Winner’s Life

Golf Saved His Life Says US PGA Winner’s Mum
Having lost his Dad, Alvyn, when he was 12, Jason Day lost his way, began drinking and sank into depression. His beloved Dad introduced Jason to golf and gave him an old 3 wood club which he found in a tip.

Golf Lone Golfer

 

His Mum sold their house and sent Jason to boarding school (Kooralbyn International School) where Col Swatton coached him in life and in golf. In sport, golf is unusual in that you play against yourself and no one else. No one is tackling you or kicking you. The ball isn’t even bowled at you. It’s static. Sitting there just waiting to be hit. That’s why it is such a mental game. It can be a lonely game too – as you play against yourself and practise on your own for hours, days, weeks, months.

Golf can be a lonely game - WITHOUT A CAPTION

I’ve heard it said by many golfers that Jason Day is one of the nicest guys on the golf circuit. He plays with a smile on his face and even chatted with the world’s number 1 and direct competitor, Jordan Speith throughout the final, highly competitive round.

Jason’s Phillipines Mum, Dening Day, feels that Alvyn is brimming with joy with what their son has accomplished. “He’d be doing cartwheels in heaven. He’d be very, very proud too.”Full Jason Day article

Jason Day has been playing fantastic golf at the highest level for a few years now. However he didn’t win a major. He came very close several times, but didn’t win. Doubting questions start to filter into many player’s brains when this happens. Jason Day stuck at it and at it and never gave up. That’s why he shed a tear even before he took his last putt. It must have been very very emotional for this wonderful golfer who played brilliant golf for three consecutive days.

Heartiest congrats to Jason Day, his wife and daughter, his Mum, Col Swatton and his Dad (RIP). You see nice guys do come first!

 

 

Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2014 (part 2 of 2)

In part 1 we covered the 10th best to the 6th bets sportsmanship moments which included tennis, ice-hockey,  boxing, weightlifting and athletics. Now we announce the Top 5, starting with football….

 

5. A Sombre Yet Beautiful Football Moment

And it’s not  World Cup 2014 (which had so many wonderful moments of sportsmanship like Ghana’s goal celebration when they shocked the world by taking a 2-1 lead against Germany, or the graciousness of Brazilian fans – see World Cup Sportsmanship Moments here).

World Cup 2014 Brazil

The number 5 moment of 2014 great sportsmanship is a little more sombre, in fact, sad but beautiful… and a real demonstration of the brotherhood of football. April 2014 was the 25th anniversary of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the tragic Hillsborough crush in 1989.  The brotherhood of football came together to pay its respects.

Barcelona Liverpool 96 Tweet

So many other clubs sent messages, tweets and posts, other clubs displayed posters and banners including their closest rivals and neighbours, Everton FC (with their manager Martinez making a wonderful speech), Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and many more. Borussia’s 80,000 crowd gave a spine tingling rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’  – watch this spine tingling rendition of YNWA. The brotherhood of football shares the pain and sadness.

 

4. Rugby Beating Adversity

Lindsay Hilton is a truly extraordinary inspirational Canadian rugby player. She is limbless. Yes a limbless rugby player who inspires others. Lindsay is a quadruple amputee and she plays scrum half for her women’s rugby club, Halifax Towers. You just have to see the video of this woman because I cannot describe, and you cannot imagine, what this would be like.

Rugby ball1

So when you feel a bit down or thinking ‘maybe I’ll give training or the game a miss’. Don’t miss it. Think of Lindsay who is  determined to play despite the extreme challenges she faces every time.

 

3. Afghanistan Rugby

With WRC 2015 upon us and many sportsmanship moments like the All Blacks insisting their players remain grounded by cleaning their own dressing rooms or the lovely moment when English rugby international hooker, Tom Youngs (Leicester), tweeted to Northampton’s monster prop,  Salesi Maafu (who had punched Youngs in the face), ‘good shot mate, go well in the final’ (after Maafu apologised on twitter & offered to buy him a pint). Great sportsmanship moments – no moaning nor whining just getting on with it. However, the top rugby sportsmanship moment and, our overall 3rd best moment of 2014 was another group of rugby players, on the other side of the world, the Afghanistan Rugby Federation.

The Afghanistan Rugby Federation’s goals are:

‘to replace guns with rugby balls,

resistance fighters with sportsmen

to use rugby union to unite a nation that has been devastated by war’

This is the Afghanistan Rugby Federation video.  They are introducing rugby into girls’ and boys’schools.  Watch the joy of the Afghan kids doing the Haka.

Haka

Afghan kids doing the Haka

The Afghan senior men’s 7s team got the final in West Asia 7s. The kids love it. The girls love it. The guys love it. The ARF is simply amazing. They need support too.  So their ongoing commitment to play rugby is testimony to the original principles of Olympism founded by the Ancient Greeks: ‘to educate man in both mind and body ….. to compete in sport rather than war….to make new friends…… (see our 4 minute Olympism video). We salute all Afghans playing rugby.

 

 2. Golf – American Golfer Disqualifies Himself

In 2nd place, is a young American golfer called Jason Millard.   In June of this year, his dream came true. He qualified to play in the lucrative US Open.  But five days later he disqualified himself because he thought he might have played a foul shot.

Golfer Lost 1

Touching the sand in the bunker before hitting the ball is a penalty. He thought he might have. When he asked his playing partner and the officials they all said that he didn’t and that he was ok .  But young Jason said: “I didn’t see anything for sure but I felt something and I saw a small indentation.  I was actually in the act of making my swing when I thought I saw it. It was like a blur. That image keeps popping in my head.  I really don’t know 100 per cent, but I couldn’t find peace about it. For five days I practised and I couldn’t get it off my mind. I thought about it every single second of the day. It ate away inside of me.”

After five days of soul-searching, Millard rang the United States Golf Association and called the penalty on himself, believing that he “may” have inadvertently broken the rules while playing his third shot on the 18th hole of Colonial Country Club’s North Course – his 27th hole of the day.

What is even more, remarkable is that he is still not even sure that he committed a penalty at all. But his sporting integrity and honour is such that he didn’t want to risk his honour and integrity and so he effectively disqualified himself and withdrew from the big time & fulfilling his golfing dream.  Remember the name, Jason Millard, we wish him well in 2015.

 

1. Snooker’s Snooker Beats Finalist But Delivers Winner Of 2014 Sportsmanship Moments

Here it is, the number one sportsmanship moment of 2014. The UK Championship final between young Judd Trump & the great, now 5 times winner, Ronnie O’Sullivan, just a few weeks ago in December was, what many are saying, the greatest snooker final ever.

Judd Trump came back from 9-4 down to 9-9 making breaks of 120 and 127 to level the contest. But Trump was finally lured into playing a foul, from an O’Sullivan snooker in the last frame & O’Sullivan went on to win 10-9. The number one sportsmanship moment came seconds later and it lasted for several minutes. When Judd Trump stood up and conceded the final frame to O’Sullivan….

Trump wasn’t distraught, he seemed elated with the high level of intense competitive …..  Trump shook hands with O’Sullivan and unveiled a real warm smile as he spoke, for several minutes with O’Sullivan at the end.  As they talked, his big smile demonstrated great dignity in defeat and real comradery. Technically Judd lost but, in reality, he demonstrated what’s important in sport , regardless of the result, give it your very best & never ever forget to enjoy the battle and enjoy the moment (& Judd Trump did just that). Congrats to Judd Trump – winning the Great Sportsmanship Moment of 2014.

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Read also PART 1 :  Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments (nos. 10 – 6).

Here is the full interview from the Phil Parry Show on BBC Radio London 97.9FM (including the unedited, low volume, pre-amble!).

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Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2014 (part 2 of 2)

In part 1 we covered the 10th best to the 6th bets sportsmanship moments which included tennis, ice-hockey,  boxing, weightlifting and athletics. Now we announce the Top 5, starting with football….

 

5. A Sombre Yet Beautiful Football Moment

And it’s not  World Cup 2014 (which had so many wonderful moments of sportsmanship like Ghana’s goal celebration when they shocked the world by taking a 2-1 lead against Germany, or the graciousness of Brazilian fans – see World Cup Sportsmanship Moments here).

World Cup 2014 Brazil

The number 5 moment of 2014 great sportsmanship is a little more sombre, in fact, sad but beautiful… and a real demonstration of the brotherhood of football. April 2014 was the 25th anniversary of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the tragic Hillsborough crush in 1989.  The brotherhood of football came together to pay its respects.

Barcelona Liverpool 96 Tweet

So many other clubs sent messages, tweets and posts, other clubs displayed posters and banners including their closest rivals and neighbours, Everton FC (with their manager Martinez making a wonderful speech), Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and many more. Borussia’s 80,000 crowd gave a spine tingling rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’  – watch this spine tingling rendition of YNWA. The brotherhood of football shares the pain and sadness.

 

4. Rugby Beating Adversity

Lindsay Hilton is a truly extraordinary inspirational Canadian rugby player. She is limbless. Yes a limbless rugby player who inspires others. Lindsay is a quadruple amputee and she plays scrum half for her women’s rugby club, Halifax Towers. You just have to see the video of this woman because I cannot describe, and you cannot imagine, what this would be like.

Rugby ball1

So when you feel a bit down or thinking ‘maybe I’ll give training or the game a miss’. Don’t miss it. Think of Lindsay who is  determined to play despite the extreme challenges she faces every time.

 

3. Afghanistan Rugby

With WRC 2015 upon us and many sportsmanship moments like the All Blacks insisting their players remain grounded by cleaning their own dressing rooms or the lovely moment when English rugby international hooker, Tom Youngs (Leicester), tweeted to Northampton’s monster prop,  Salesi Maafu (who had punched Youngs in the face), ‘good shot mate, go well in the final’ (after Maafu apologised on twitter & offered to buy him a pint). Great sportsmanship moments – no moaning nor whining just getting on with it. However, the top rugby sportsmanship moment and, our overall 3rd best moment of 2014 was another group of rugby players, on the other side of the world, the Afghanistan Rugby Federation.

The Afghanistan Rugby Federation’s goals are:

‘to replace guns with rugby balls,

resistance fighters with sportsmen

to use rugby union to unite a nation that has been devastated by war’

This is the Afghanistan Rugby Federation video.  They are introducing rugby into girls’ and boys’schools.  Watch the joy of the Afghan kids doing the Haka.

Haka

Afghan kids doing the Haka

The Afghan senior men’s 7s team got the final in West Asia 7s. The kids love it. The girls love it. The guys love it. The ARF is simply amazing. They need support too.  So their ongoing commitment to play rugby is testimony to the original principles of Olympism founded by the Ancient Greeks: ‘to educate man in both mind and body ….. to compete in sport rather than war….to make new friends…… (see our 4 minute Olympism video). We salute all Afghans playing rugby.

 

 2. Golf – American Golfer Disqualifies Himself

In 2nd place, is a young American golfer called Jason Millard.   In June of this year, his dream came true. He qualified to play in the lucrative US Open.  But five days later he disqualified himself because he thought he might have played a foul shot.

Golfer Lost 1

Touching the sand in the bunker before hitting the ball is a penalty. He thought he might have. When he asked his playing partner and the officials they all said that he didn’t and that he was ok .  But young Jason said: “I didn’t see anything for sure but I felt something and I saw a small indentation.  I was actually in the act of making my swing when I thought I saw it. It was like a blur. That image keeps popping in my head.  I really don’t know 100 per cent, but I couldn’t find peace about it. For five days I practised and I couldn’t get it off my mind. I thought about it every single second of the day. It ate away inside of me.”

After five days of soul-searching, Millard rang the United States Golf Association and called the penalty on himself, believing that he “may” have inadvertently broken the rules while playing his third shot on the 18th hole of Colonial Country Club’s North Course – his 27th hole of the day.

What is even more, remarkable is that he is still not even sure that he committed a penalty at all. But his sporting integrity and honour is such that he didn’t want to risk his honour and integrity and so he effectively disqualified himself and withdrew from the big time & fulfilling his golfing dream.  Remember the name, Jason Millard, we wish him well in 2015.

 

1. Snooker’s Snooker Beats Finalist But Delivers Winner Of 2014 Sportsmanship Moments

Here it is, the number one sportsmanship moment of 2014. The UK Championship final between young Judd Trump & the great, now 5 times winner, Ronnie O’Sullivan, just a few weeks ago in December was, what many are saying, the greatest snooker final ever.

Judd Trump came back from 9-4 down to 9-9 making breaks of 120 and 127 to level the contest. But Trump was finally lured into playing a foul, from an O’Sullivan snooker in the last frame & O’Sullivan went on to win 10-9. The number one sportsmanship moment came seconds later and it lasted for several minutes. When Judd Trump stood up and conceded the final frame to O’Sullivan….

Trump wasn’t distraught, he seemed elated with the high level of intense competitive …..  Trump shook hands with O’Sullivan and unveiled a real warm smile as he spoke, for several minutes with O’Sullivan at the end.  As they talked, his big smile demonstrated great dignity in defeat and real comradery. Technically Judd lost but, in reality, he demonstrated what’s important in sport , regardless of the result, give it your very best & never ever forget to enjoy the battle and enjoy the moment (& Judd Trump did just that). Congrats to Judd Trump – winning the Great Sportsmanship Moment of 2014.

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Read also PART 1 :  Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments (nos. 10 – 6).

Here is the full interview from the Phil Parry Show on BBC Radio London 97.9FM (including the unedited, low volume, pre-amble!).

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Partner link: Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2014 (part 2 of 2)

In part 1 we covered the 10th best to the 6th bets sportsmanship moments which included tennis, ice-hockey,  boxing, weightlifting and athletics. Now we announce the Top 5, starting with football….

 

5. A Sombre Yet Beautiful Football Moment

And it’s not  World Cup 2014 (which had so many wonderful moments of sportsmanship like Ghana’s goal celebration when they shocked the world by taking a 2-1 lead against Germany, or the graciousness of Brazilian fans – see World Cup Sportsmanship Moments here).

World Cup 2014 Brazil

The number 5 moment of 2014 great sportsmanship is a little more sombre, in fact, sad but beautiful… and a real demonstration of the brotherhood of football. April 2014 was the 25th anniversary of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the tragic Hillsborough crush in 1989.  The brotherhood of football came together to pay its respects.

Barcelona Liverpool 96 Tweet

So many other clubs sent messages, tweets and posts, other clubs displayed posters and banners including their closest rivals and neighbours, Everton FC (with their manager Martinez making a wonderful speech), Nottingham Forest, Manchester City, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and many more. Borussia’s 80,000 crowd gave a spine tingling rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’  – watch this spine tingling rendition of YNWA. The brotherhood of football shares the pain and sadness.

 

4. Rugby Beating Adversity

Lindsay Hilton is a truly extraordinary inspirational Canadian rugby player. She is limbless. Yes a limbless rugby player who inspires others. Lindsay is a quadruple amputee and she plays scrum half for her women’s rugby club, Halifax Towers. You just have to see the video of this woman because I cannot describe, and you cannot imagine, what this would be like.

Rugby ball1

So when you feel a bit down or thinking ‘maybe I’ll give training or the game a miss’. Don’t miss it. Think of Lindsay who is  determined to play despite the extreme challenges she faces every time.

 

3. Afghanistan Rugby

With WRC 2015 upon us and many sportsmanship moments like the All Blacks insisting their players remain grounded by cleaning their own dressing rooms or the lovely moment when English rugby international hooker, Tom Youngs (Leicester), tweeted to Northampton’s monster prop,  Salesi Maafu (who had punched Youngs in the face), ‘good shot mate, go well in the final’ (after Maafu apologised on twitter & offered to buy him a pint). Great sportsmanship moments – no moaning nor whining just getting on with it. However, the top rugby sportsmanship moment and, our overall 3rd best moment of 2014 was another group of rugby players, on the other side of the world, the Afghanistan Rugby Federation.

The Afghanistan Rugby Federation’s goals are:

‘to replace guns with rugby balls,

resistance fighters with sportsmen

to use rugby union to unite a nation that has been devastated by war’

This is the Afghanistan Rugby Federation video.  They are introducing rugby into girls’ and boys’schools.  Watch the joy of the Afghan kids doing the Haka.

Haka

Afghan kids doing the Haka

The Afghan senior men’s 7s team got the final in West Asia 7s. The kids love it. The girls love it. The guys love it. The ARF is simply amazing. They need support too.  So their ongoing commitment to play rugby is testimony to the original principles of Olympism founded by the Ancient Greeks: ‘to educate man in both mind and body ….. to compete in sport rather than war….to make new friends…… (see our 4 minute Olympism video). We salute all Afghans playing rugby.

 

 2. Golf – American Golfer Disqualifies Himself

In 2nd place, is a young American golfer called Jason Millard.   In June of this year, his dream came true. He qualified to play in the lucrative US Open.  But five days later he disqualified himself because he thought he might have played a foul shot.

Golfer Lost 1

Touching the sand in the bunker before hitting the ball is a penalty. He thought he might have. When he asked his playing partner and the officials they all said that he didn’t and that he was ok .  But young Jason said: “I didn’t see anything for sure but I felt something and I saw a small indentation.  I was actually in the act of making my swing when I thought I saw it. It was like a blur. That image keeps popping in my head.  I really don’t know 100 per cent, but I couldn’t find peace about it. For five days I practised and I couldn’t get it off my mind. I thought about it every single second of the day. It ate away inside of me.”

After five days of soul-searching, Millard rang the United States Golf Association and called the penalty on himself, believing that he “may” have inadvertently broken the rules while playing his third shot on the 18th hole of Colonial Country Club’s North Course – his 27th hole of the day.

What is even more, remarkable is that he is still not even sure that he committed a penalty at all. But his sporting integrity and honour is such that he didn’t want to risk his honour and integrity and so he effectively disqualified himself and withdrew from the big time & fulfilling his golfing dream.  Remember the name, Jason Millard, we wish him well in 2015.

 

1. Snooker’s Snooker Beats Finalist But Delivers Winner Of 2014 Sportsmanship Moments

Here it is, the number one sportsmanship moment of 2014. The UK Championship final between young Judd Trump & the great, now 5 times winner, Ronnie O’Sullivan, just a few weeks ago in December was, what many are saying, the greatest snooker final ever.

Judd Trump came back from 9-4 down to 9-9 making breaks of 120 and 127 to level the contest. But Trump was finally lured into playing a foul, from an O’Sullivan snooker in the last frame & O’Sullivan went on to win 10-9. The number one sportsmanship moment came seconds later and it lasted for several minutes. When Judd Trump stood up and conceded the final frame to O’Sullivan….

Trump wasn’t distraught, he seemed elated with the high level of intense competitive …..  Trump shook hands with O’Sullivan and unveiled a real warm smile as he spoke, for several minutes with O’Sullivan at the end.  As they talked, his big smile demonstrated great dignity in defeat and real comradery. Technically Judd lost but, in reality, he demonstrated what’s important in sport , regardless of the result, give it your very best & never ever forget to enjoy the battle and enjoy the moment (& Judd Trump did just that). Congrats to Judd Trump – winning the Great Sportsmanship Moment of 2014.

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Read also PART 1 :  Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments (nos. 10 – 6).

Here is the full interview from the Phil Parry Show on BBC Radio London 97.9FM (including the unedited, low volume, pre-amble!).

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